A man is suspected of setting fire to a house in Glenn Dale as county sheriff’s deputies were serving him eviction papers Thursday morning, authorities said.
Deputies were serving a warrant for a foreclosure eviction in the 11500 block of Prospect Place when the man inside “refused to come out and essentially barricaded himself in,” said Sharon Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. Police did not immediately release his name.
A hostage negotiator was on scene and tried to talk him out of the house, and the man inside warned deputies not to enter because he had weapons inside, Taylor said.
The hostage negotiator then heard a clicking noise coming from inside the house, which deputies suspect had something to do with the fire, Taylor said.
“He essentially smoked himself out,” Taylor said. “When he came out, he was arrested.”
Prince George’s County fire crews arrived at the two-story home around 11 a.m. shortly after the man was detained, county fire spokesman Mark Brady said. Smoke was coming out of a bedroom on the second floor of the house. By about 11:30 a.m., the fire was out.
Brady said it is still unclear whether the fire was sparked after the man tried to use a weapon or ammunition or if he purposefully set the fire.
The man was taken to a area hospital for minor injuries. He could face charges of reckless endangerment, malicious burning and first-degree arson pending the results of an investigation from the fire department, Brady said.
Lynh Bui is a Prince George’s County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.